By Ben Rosario
Perennial impeachment complainant and former Marcos lawyer Oliver Lozano forwarded to the House of Representatives an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo and asked Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to endorse it.
Together with radio commentator Melchor Chavez, Lozano signed a six-page complaint accusing Robredo of committing culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust.
The move to impeach Robredo came about three days after Alvarez revealed that he is contemplating on seeking the vice president’s ouster through impeachment for sending the United Nations a video message assailing the government’s anti-drug war.
It also followed the filing by Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Aljeano of an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte last Thursday, March 16.
To support their impeachment case, the two complainants cited the newspaper article of Rigoberto Tiglao wherein the author assailed Robredo for sending a video message to a United Nations body wherein the vice president allegedly lied as she destroyed the image of the country over the drug campaign that allegedly resulted in the death of 7,000 drug suspects.
In signing the request for Alvarez’s endorsement under the letterhead “Volunteers for Good Government”, Lozano and Chavez were apparently aware that an endorsement is a requisite in the filing of the impeachment.
The Robredo complaint remains unofficial and may be automatically dismissed by the Lower House unless it is endorsed by a House member.
“She is the termite of the Government. Her unfaithfulness has extended to the betrayal of the Public Trust and Culpable Violation of the Constitution,” said Lozano, now 76, and Chavez, who had been declared a nuisance candidate when he ran for senator.
Lozano has been described as a “serial impeachment filer” having filed at least four complaints from 2005 to 2008 against then President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.